Blu Monday: The Dream is Real

This week on Blu Monday, Ryan and Josh talk about the much anticipated Inception, Guillermo del Toro’s first film Cronos: The Criterion Collection, Knight and Day and Going the Distance, all on Blu-ray of course.

Knight and Day: Starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. The film itself is a fun action film with well done action scenes, both Cruise and Diaz enjoy doing their own stunts when they can, which adds to the excitement. With excellent sound and high definition transfer, the film and special features look good, but may not be worth owning. However, there is a particular special feature involving The Black Eyed Peas, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. It’s so odd, its worth a rent just to see this feature and talk amongst your friends about it afterward. RENT IT.

Going The Distance: A fun, unique romantic comedy starring Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Charlie Day and Jason Sudekis. This cast worked so well together to make this a very enjoyable story worth watching multiple times. The transfer looks and sounds really good as well. The special features are quick and easy to get through in about twenty minutes or so, which is the bummer factor on this Blu-ray. There are some fun features included such as making the music video and the music of The Boxer Rebellion included in the film and tips for dating, however, it still lacks in footage compared to what Blu-rays pump out today so we are giving it a strong RENT IT.

Cronos: The Criterion Collection: This is Guillermo del Toro’s first film and if the Criterion Collection puts it out, it’s definitely worth taking notice. The picture and sound was good but a bit grainy. That’s to be expected with the age of the film. Special features were truly packed on this Blu-ray with one of Ryan’s favorites being the tour of Guillermo del Toro’s house full of many movie collectibles and memorabilia. Another feature being the interviews available on the Blu-ray. There is so much footage in this Criterion Collection that it is definitely worth owning. BUY IT.

Inception: This is what everyone has been waiting for, the best film of the summer and definitely in the top three or four films of the year. Now that it’s finally on Blu-ray, there is no more excuses for confusion. Christopher Nolan lays it all out and shows every aspect of making an amazing film like Inception. The special features are what make this worth owning. With a documentary about dreams and what they mean, narrated by Joseph Gordon Levitt, or just Joe, its an interesting look at what the mind is capable of. There is a cool comic-style prequel to Inception that explains the series of events that lead to the first scenes in the film and why they were inside the mind of Saito in the first place. Then the mother-load of special features can be found in Extraction Mode which replaces the traditional commentary during the film with actual footage of how each insane scene was conceived, built and pulled together. The anti-gravity scene was particularly cool. What is different with this Extraction Mode compared to other Movie Modes that other Blu-rays have done is that you have the choice to watch the film in it’s entirety with the features popping up through out the film, or you can just choose to jump straight to the goods which will skip all the scenes that don’t have behind the scenes footage. There is even more on this Blu-ray if you can believe it, so with out a doubt or a moment of hesitation, buy one for yourself and your buddy and anyone else who is awesome, just BUY IT.

by Ryan Davis and Josh Davis

About Ryan Davis

Ryan is the Founder of Lost in Reviews, a member of The Kansas City Film Critic's Circle, and a key component in the movement to digitally restore the 1986 classic film The Gate. Ryan is also the co-host of Blu Monday a DVD and Blu Ray review show which Lost in Reviews co-founder Angela Davis also appears. While he may be a film and music snob, that doesn't mean you can't be friends. Well it could if you don't like the same bands or films he does, overall it might be best to avoid the subject all together.

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